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Shopping in Macau


Popular buys are jewellery (particularly gold and jade), Chinese antiques, porcelain, pottery, electronic gadgetry, cameras, watches and beading work. Also Chinese herbs and medicines, dried seafood, abalone, pastries and locally-made knitwear.

There is no sales tax because Macau is a free port. Bargaining is expected. For antiques, gold and jewellery, use officially-recommended shops. Always ask for a warranty and receipt.

Shopping hours are generally 10 am-7 pm daily, though some of the new luxury brand malls are open until 9 pm. Some shops may close on the first day of every month.

The currency of Macau is the pataca, which is divided into 100 avos. The pataca is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar at 1.03 patacas to HK$1. Hong Kong dollars are accepted by most businesses on a 1:1 basis.

Places to Shop

The main shopping area is located along the Avenida do Infante D Henrique and Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, São Domingos Market, Rua de Palha, Rua do Campo and Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva. Find unique gifts in Macau's flea market around Rua das Estalagens (near St Paul's Ruins). There is an Artisan's Fair every Saturday evening in Santo Agostinho Square.

The Taipa Flea Market is held on Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm in Taipa Village, with booths selling traditional crafts, souvenirs, clothing, toys and food. In Colôane Village, check out Asian Artefacts (9 Rua dos Negociantes), which sells restored antique furniture from north China, including trunks, chests, tables, chairs, and more, as well as handicrafts from Thailand, India and other Asian countries.

Another colourful local shopping experience is the Red Market, on the corner of Avenida Almirante Lacerda and Avenida Horta e Costa, built in 1936 and housing a lively food market daily from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. A street market extends from the Red Market to Rotunda de Carlos Maia, a district popularly dubbed the Three Lamps District and a fun place to browse for cheap clothing.

Duty free shop and up-market boutiques selling internationally recognised labels are found at Macau Fisherman's Wharf, New Yaohan department store, Landmark, Hotel Grand Lapa. Retail Shopping with luxury brands are located at the Wynn Esplanade's, The Grand Canal Shoppes, The Shoppes at Four Seasons, Shoppes Cotai Central, The Boulevard at City of Dreams, One Central Macau and Galaxy Macau - Promenade. There are duty free shops at the Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport and on the mainland side of the Barrier Gate.





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